For our 4th and last day in Japan, we decided to visit Dotonbori once more,, and have some last minute shopping with our extra yen. The past 3 days have been memorable since Japan is really a super nice place to visit, and definitely topped my Asian destinations (so far).
So, here is the list of activities and foodtrip we did for Japan Budget Trip – Osaka Day 4:
1. Daiso, Namba
Daiso in Japan is one of the happy budget places you could ever visit. Imagine – everything is 110 yen (around 44 pesos….and they sell almost anything! Name it and they have it- from Japanese snacks, kitchen accessories, apron, gloves with fingertip holes, art supplies, beauty products, party supplies, and of course Washi tapes!!!
Also, one important tip is that every Daiso is unique! Some branches sell more products so visit all the Daiso stores you will see!
How to go: Alight at Namba station ( train map here) by using either of the 3 lines: (1)Sennichimae (Pink) Line, (2) Midosuji (red) line, or (3) Yotsubashi (blue)line. Take the exit in Namba hips, then walk straight in the covered shopping street going to Dotonbori direction. You will find one of the alleys in the right side, and Daiso is right there.
What to do: Shopping! Everything is so cheap here! My top 2 favorite buys in this store are the following: (1) Gloves with fingertip holes, that is really useful for touchscreen users in Winter season, and (2) Washi tapes!. Everything is 110 yen only!
Cost:110 yen per item
2. Lunch at Ichiran Ramen Store
Ichiran is just beside the giant ferris wheel in Dotonbori and the famous takoyaki store we tried on our Day 2 (read about it here) .
It is well known for its Classic Tonkotsu Ramen ( and it’s the only item in their menu). This place is almost always fully booked- good thing that we visited it before Lunch time, around 11 am, so the hungry foreigners are still roaming around somewhere.
Just like the other noodle shops in Japan, Ichiran also has a vendo-type ordering system where you will buy your meal tickets. Basically, you only have one choice of soup base, then you just have to choose the other toppings that you would like to purchase.
We are definitely amazed on how ramen is being served in this place. They have these cubicles where you will seat, and it has a serving hole- where the server’s hands will show up once they hand you over your super yummy food.
Also, each cubicle has its own faucet that has a clean, cold water!
As for the taste, this is definitely the best ramen I’ve tasted in my life (so far)! A bowl full of right balance of flavors and ramen authenticity.The noodles are freshly made, and can be customized based from your own choice of softness. It is not too oily, and is definitely a perfect food- whether lunch, afternoon snack, or dinner! This is best eaten in winter season!
How to go: You can take either the Midosuji line ( red line), or Sennichimae line ( pink line) and take off at Namba station. (train map here, and Dotonbori map here) From Namba, walk along Midosuji Avenue towards Shinsaibasuji street, passing by Namba Hips. Once you see the Dotonbori Canal, and Glico Man, then you can start roaming around the streets in the area. Ichiran is just beside the Ferris Wheel.
What to do/order:Order their famous (and only) tonkatsu ramen . Add tamago (boiled egg), seaweed, and even extra tonkatsu or noodles if one bowl ain’t enough for you!
Cost:~890 – ~1000 yen depending upon how much add-ons you have
3. Shopping along Shinsaibaishi
Shinsaibaishi is one of the shopping districts in Osaka. It is just North of Dotonbori, and lies along with Amerika-mura. You can reach this by going straight from the Namba-Dotonbori area. It definitely has tons of stores selling various clothes, fashion items, caps, and even drugstores! For last minute shopping in Osaka, Shinsaibashi is definitely highly recommended.
We spent our last few yen in this covered shopping street buying various kinds of Japanese chocolates ( Furuta, and Kitkat in different flavors).
How to go: From Dotonbori, just go straight ahead. Shinsaibashi is the street between Namba and Shinsaibashi station.
What to do: Shopping!
Cost: It depends on how much money you have for shopping!
And that ends, our whole Japan Budget Trip experience! After our Day 4 we went back to Kansai International airport via Nankai Line (890 yen). We fell in love with Japan’s beauty- respectful people, super delicious food, and very rich culture.
It definitely is a trip of a lifetime. So, if you are still thinking twice if Japan is worth it– I tell you, it’s super worth it! And you can go to Japan with a limited budget! We just spent 12,000 for 4 days, and you can too! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on my posts and I can help you! Remember, traveling is such a wonderful experience that it cannot wait! Travel while you can still enjoy it!
Read more about my Budget Travel Osaka Adventure:
- Part 1- Japan Travel like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Personal Tips and Notes
- Part 2- Day 1-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Tenryu-Ji Temple, and Umeda Sky Building
- Part 3- Day 2-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Osaka castle, Tenma, Pokemon Center Osaka, Dotonbori
- Part 4- Day 3-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Botanical Garden, Osaka Castle, Denden Town
- Part 5- Day 4-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos -Namba, Dotonbori, Ichiran,Shinsaibashi
- Part 6-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos-Itinerary and Budget
- Japan Travel in a Budget:Osaka-Nikko-Kyoto-Tokyo Autumn Highlights
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Japan Experience
- How to Apply for Japan Tourist Visa
Tokyo/Kanto Budget Travel posts:
- Hitachi Seaside Park – Japan’s Best Autumn Spot
- Chureito Pagoda, Shimo-yoshida- Great View of Mt. Fuji
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